Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

Valve Says It's Going to Start Shipping Video Games Again

The announcement came as part of a presentation for Artifact, the "Dota 2" themed card game that drew fan ire past year when it was announced because it had the gall to not be "Half Life 3". So that's sort of good news.

"You can have a relatively new game like PUBG, and [.] they can capitalise on all the other multiplayer games, and all of the technology, [and] the fact that China is now a huge market for anybody who does PC game development", he said. He said his investments into Vive were an effort to "offset" the impact of Microsoft and Facebook looking into OS and VR concepts that the company considered less open. Creating a closed platform for PC is a bad thing, not just for Valve's business, but also for consumer freedom.

Valve hasn't had a major game release since the launch of Dota 2 in 2013, and Portal 2 from 2011 was the last single-player game that came out of the studio.

Then, there's the question of what kind of games Valve is working on.

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Valve co-founder and president Gabe Newell says the company is returning to shipping out video games. Now there's pretty much no project in the hardware space that we wouldn't be comfortable taking on.

It's odd to finally come to a time when Gabe's company is developing more games, and for the news to feel so underwhelming.

Said in classic Newell form (he's known to be a bit cheeky), his commentary definitely did little to dampen that fandom flame. We can design chips if we need to, we can do industrial design, and so on. Newell's statement doesn't clarify if there are projects in the works beyond those games, but nature of the statement does seem to indicate that there are things coming we don't yet know about. "He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things". "So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently". That's a trait that Valve now has, which we can expect to eventually see utilized. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time.

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